UMKC Spirit Squads

For information relating to the dance team, contact Michele Talley at

For information about the cheerleading squad, contact Nadia Cruth at

2014-15 Dance Team Tryout Information:


Auditions for the 2014-2015 UMKC Dance Team will take place on May 18th.  The audition material will be taught starting at noon.  Please see the below detailed related to timing and what will be judged at auditions.

  • 12:00-2:00 pm - Audition routine is taught to all individuals auditioning. 


  • 2:00-5:00 pm - Dancers will be judged in groups of three.  The evaluation will include the taught routine which includes jazz, pom and hip hop styles of dance as well as technical skills.  Skills include fouettes to second, toe touch, leap to second, pitch, and a minimum triple pirouette.  Dancers will also be asked to do 3 skills of their own selection and these can include aerials, turn/leap combinations, jumps, and demonstration of flexibility (holds, turns, etc).  Dancers auditioning are not required to bring any of their own material except skills they are planning to do which will count the same as the required skills.  Attire should include a sports bra or top, jazz pants or booty shorts and shoes of your choice. 


For more information, please contact Michele Morgan at


2014-15 Cheerleading Squad Tryout Information:

Thank you for your interest in the UMKC spirit squad for the 2014-2015 season. We are looking for candidates who can lead a crowd, are enthusiastic, energetic and good leaders. They must possess good communication skills and leadership qualities in order to represent the University and their teams.

Our squad consists of both all girl and coed stunt groups.  You have the ability to tryout for one or more positions (i.e. All girl top and base) on the team that suits you best. While tumbling is not a requirement it is strongly recommended that you have at least a standing back hand spring or better. Below are the stunting requirements for the team.

All Girl

*Straight up extension
*Ground up Lib
* Full down from an extended stunt


* Toss/ Walk in Hands
*Toss/Walk in Hands to extended position(extension, lib, arabesque,etc)
* Full down

Tryouts will be held Sunday, April 27, 2014 10:00am in Pierson Auditorum. In order to be eligible to tryout for the squad you need to be accepted into the UMKC for the fall 2014 semester.

Attire for tryouts:

Girls: white top and black shorts. Hair must be out of your face. Light, natural makeup is encouraged.

Gentlemen: white top and black shorts. Hair must be well groomed including facial hair.

You will need to complete a UMKC Cheer Squad application. There is a $25 dollar application fee. You may pay this fee the day of tryouts by cash, check, or money orders.  You will need to bring a copy of your health insurance card in order to tryout.  Please submit a recent head shot with your application that WILL NOT BE RETURNED on the day of tryouts.

If you have questions, comments or concerns, feel free to contact Dawn Todd.

Dawn Todd
(816) 225-9433